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WISH LIST FOR NEW COUNCIL POLITICS Local leaders share their hopes for 2018 legislative agenda BY MICHAEL GAROFALO
As the City Council returns to session in 2018, Council Member Corey Johnson is expected to win election as the body’s next speaker and its de facto leader, succeeding term-limited Melissa Mark-Viverito. Johnson, whose 3rd Council District includes the West Village, Chelsea and Hells Kitchen, has said that as speaker he plans to direct focus toward building supportive housing for the homeless population and strengthening the Council’s land use division to play a more proactive role in rezoning and other land use issues. The speakership, selected by a vote of the 51 Council Members, is among the
most powerful political posts in the city and wields broad power to shape the body’s legislative agenda. (At press time, the speaker election, scheduled for Jan. 3, had not yet taken place.) “We have a diverse Council, ideologically and in other ways,” Johnson said at a November debate among speaker candidates hosted by City & State New York. “We have to ensure that every member feels heard and empowered and that their voice really counts, and that’s the type of speaker I would be.” As the Council returns to session, we asked community leaders to share the entries on their wish lists for the city’s legislative agenda in 2018:
Helen Rosenthal, City Council Member, District 6 As we look to the year ahead, there is so much more to do to in terms of preserving affordable housing and protecting NYC tenants from harassment and displacement. One of my top
priorities for 2018 will be putting my Office of the Tenant Advocate legislation, and all of the “Stand for Tenant Safety” laws, fully into effect. I will also be focused on helping small businesses remain on the Upper West Side and thrive; ﬁghting for development projects that are truly appropriate for our community; and meeting the needs of seniors and other New Yorkers who rely upon the social safety net. I’ll be working on all of these important issues with a guiding philosophy of ﬁscal responsibility. Finally, I’ll be using my platform and voice to address the pronounced under-representation of women in elected office and leadership positions in City government; and to provide greater protections for people of all genders against workplace harassment — in the public and private sectors.
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Council Member Corey Johnson, whose West Side district includes Greenwich Village and Chelsea, is expected to win election as the City Council’s speaker for the upcoming term. Photo: William Alatriste for the New York City Council
CONSTRUCTION HALTED AT CHURCH DESTROYED ON 9/11 REBUILDING As costs escalate, work is suspended at St. Nicholas National Shrine near the World Trade Center memorial BY COLLEEN LONG
Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how
The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza. Photo: Rex Hammock, via ﬂickr
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In Brief MORE HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESS
The effort to help small seems to businesses in the city be gathering steam. Two city councilmembers, Robert Margaret Chin and Cornegy, have introduced create legislation that wouldSmall a new “Office of the within Business Advocate” of Small the city’s Department Business Services. Chin The new post, which have up told us she’d like to would and running this year, for serve as an ombudsman city small businesses within them clear government, helping to get through the bureaucracy things done. Perhaps even more also importantly, the ombudsman and number will tally the type small business of complaints by taken in owners, the actions policy response, and somefor ways to recommendations If done well, begin to ﬁx things. report would the ombudsman’s give us the ﬁrst quantitative with taste of what’s wrong the city, an small businesses in towards important ﬁrst step ﬁxing the problem. of for deTo really make a difference, is a mere formality will have to the work process looking to complete their advocate are the chances course, velopers precinct, but rising rents, -- thanks to a ﬁnd a way to tackle business’ is being done legally of after-hours projects quickly. their own hours,” which remain many While Chin “They pick out boom in the number throughout who lives on most vexing problem. said Mildred Angelo,of the Ruppert construction permits gauge what Buildings one said it’s too early tocould have the 19th ﬂoor in The Department of the city. number three years, the Houses on 92nd Street between role the advocate She Over the past on the is handing out a record work perThird avenues. permits, there, more information of Second and an ongoing all-hours number of after-hours bad thing. of after-hours work the city’s Dept. problem can’t be a said there’s with the mits granted by nearby where according to new data jumped 30 percent, This step, combinedBorough construction project noise Buildings has data provided in workers constantly make efforts by Manhattan to mediate BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS according to DOB of Informacement from trucks. President Gale Brewer offer response to a Freedom classiﬁes transferring they want. They knows the the rent renewal process, request. The city They 6 “They do whatever signs Every New Yorker clang, tion Act go as they please. work between some early, tangible small any construction on the weekend, can come and sound: the metal-on-metal or the piercing of progress. For many have no respect.” p.m. and 7 a.m., can’t come of these that the hollow boom, issuance reverse. owners, in business moving The increased beeps of a truck has generto a correspond and you as after-hours. soon enough. variances has led at the alarm clock The surge in permits
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donations have been managed. The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza was to replace a tiny church that was obliterated by the trade center’s south tower. The new building was designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who also created the soaring white bird-like mall and transit hub nearby called the Oculus. But unlike the transit hub, built largely with federal transportation
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TIME TO BOND: IT’S THE LAW WORKPLACE New York joins states requiring that employers provide paid leave to care for a baby or family member, or help during a military deployment BY MARY ESCH
You may have seen the subway ads: “All parents deserve time to bond with a new child.” “Paid Family Leave is coming to New York.” “Peace of mind for caregivers.” As of Jan. 1, New York joined California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in requiring employers to give workers paid leave to bond with a baby, care for a close relative with a serious illness or help loved ones during a family member’s military deployment. The new paid family leave law is billed as the nation’s most generous. The beneﬁts, which apply to 6.4 million private-sector workers, will phase in over four years. In 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks of paid leave and receive 50 percent of their average wage, up to a cap weekly cap of $652. When the phase-in is complete in 2021, they’ll
be able to take up to 12 weeks at twothirds of their average weekly wage. “This is going to be life-changing, especially for low-wage workers,” said Nancy Rankin, of the Community Service Society, a group that advocates for low-income New Yorkers. “Those are the workers who have little or no savings, are in debt, are barely getting by. It’s a real crisis when they have a new child or ill family member.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced the paid leave legislation in his 2016 State of the State speech. He said he regretted not spending more time with his dying father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and noted that many people don’t have that choice because they can’t afford to take time off from work. He signed the paid leave policy into law in April 2016 along with a $15 minimum wage plan, also being phased in. Workers — not their employers — will ultimately bear the burden of paying for the leave through a payroll deduction of up to $1.65 a week. Full-time employees will be eligible after 26 consecutive weeks on the job. Part-time employees qualify after working 175 days in a 52-week period. “It’s the most signiﬁcant human re-
sources law in the last 30 years,” said Frank Kerbein, director of the Center for Human Resources at the Business Council of New York State, a business lobbying group. “It’s going to create a tremendous administrative burden, particularly on smaller employers.” One staffing and record-keeping headache for employers, Kerbein said, is that leave could theoretically be taken in up to 40 one-day increments over the course of the year. An employee could take off the days a spouse with cancer gets chemotherapy treatment, or days when a child has an asthma attack. “It’s just going to be a challenge in 2018 to get our minds around this complex law,” Kerbein said. New York’s leave policy would be more generous than California’s or New Jersey’s, which provide six weeks paid leave, and Rhode Island’s, which allows for four weeks. Washington state also enacted a paid family-leave law that will ultimately be more generous than New York’s. In 2020, it will provide up to 12 weeks with 90 percent of wages for employees who earn less than the state’s average wage, with a weekly cap of $1,000. “We really should have this at the
Photo: Mel Schmidt, via ﬂickr federal level,” Rankin said. “The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have governmentguaranteed paid maternity leave.” Under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, employers with 50 or more workers must allow parents 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for a newborn, but the leave is unpaid. When her baby boy is born in March, Kim Lyons, who lives in Highland in the Hudson Valley, will have an added worry. The child needs surgery to
remove extra fingers and toes. But she will be able to take eight weeks off from work at half her regular pay. The baby’s father will qualify for paid time-off, too. Lyons said she plans to take New York’s temporary disability leave beneﬁt, which provides $170 a week for six weeks for an uncomplicated delivery, and then the eight-week paid family leave. “Without this new law, I wouldn’t be able to take that extra time,” she said.
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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 1st district for Week to Date
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Police collared a man wanted for a violent assault. At 10:35 a.m. on Friday, December 22, a 42-year-old man approached a 37-year-old man who was moving furniture inside 41 Park Row, pulled out a knife and stabbed him multiple times about neck, head, back and chest. Police later found the knife used in the assault in a water fountain on the building’s seventh ﬂoor, while the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital by EMS. The victim told police that he had not had a verbal dispute with his assailant before the incident. Clarence Seabrook was arrested on December 22 and charged with assault.
An argument led to violence in a popular fast food restaurant. At 4:55 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, a 27-year-old man grabbed a plastic chair and struck a 46-year-old man during an argument inside the Essen restaurant at 100 Broad Street, causing a small cut to the right side of the victim’s neck. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, while the assailant ﬂed westbound on Bridge Street. Police searched the area but couldn’t ﬁnd the violent “chair man.”
STOLEN MOTORCYCLE Someone ripped off a teenager’s rich ride. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 24, a 16-year-old man parked his red-and-white 2017 Honda CRF250L
motorcycle in front of his Rector Place home. It was missing when he came out for his bike at 9 a.m. the following morning. A search of the neighborhood turned up nothing. The Honda is valued at $7,000.
YOU GOT THE GOING PART RIGHT A quartet of bad guys apparently had their down coat shoplifting — down. At 1:29 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, four men entered the What Goes Around Comes Around store at 351 West Broadway and took four down coats and a fur-trimmed quilted coat, valued at a total of nearly $6,000, and ﬂed. As the four exited the store they broke two glass windows on the front door of the establishment. Officers search for the four but could not locate them.
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SUBWAY SLEEPER ROBBED A Georgia woman learned the hard way why it pays to remain alert while riding the MTA. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, a 33-year-old woman from Atlanta was riding a C train from Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn heading into Manhattan. She was sitting next to one of the train doors with her bag next to her, under her elbow. She fell asleep
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about 10 minutes after boarding the train. She told police later that she woke up before entering Manhattan, and her bag was still beside her. Unfortunately, when she woke up again at the Chambers Street station she found her bag was gone. The stolen contents included a Nikon camera and lens, a pair of eyeglasses, a laptop computer, headphones, iPad and a bag, all valued at about $4,050.
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COUNCIL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Only 11 of the 51 members in this new Council term are women. The correlation between the paucity of women in office, and effective protections against sexual harassment and pay inequity is clear. And to be clear — gender parity is critical for every societal issue we want to solve. To be fully effective, we need legislative bodies that actually reﬂect our society.
Sean Khorsandi, Executive Director, Landmark West! For years, developers have been touting projects as “asof-right” despite that term evolving into ever-more egregious incarnations. Landmark West! would like the Council to consider what the public can claim as as-of-right? Over-development threatens our public spaces, our skyline, and our sunlight. It over-burdens our infrastructure. What truisms are protected for the everyday citizen? Landmark West! would like to see a re-prioritization of the public in land use decisions and planning. The East River Fifties Alliance made great progress this year. Communities should have a say in how they evolve. We need our elected leaders to reboot public participation and relevance.
Roberta Semer, Chair, Community Board 7 We want our community to continue to thrive. We need to preserve and create additional affordable housing, make it easier for local retail to deal with city agencies’ regulations, improve transportation infrastructure, create new legislation to ensure that new developments are contextual within the neighborhood (avoid supertalls), prevent homelessness, and ensure that all streets in the community meet Vision Zero standards.
Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Our legislative priorities are
We have had a very productive and beneficial working relationship with Corey in the Council and we expect that will only continue with his new additional duties, responsibilities, and powers. Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
better oversight of the Landmarks Preservation Commission by the City Council, and ensuring that any approval of the 14th Street Tech Hub by the City Council is paired with zoning protections for the adjacent residential Greenwich Village and East Village neighborhood. We’re very much looking forward to working with Corey Johnson in his new capacity as speaker as well as continuing to work with him in his capacity as City Council Member for the 3rd district. We have had a very productive and beneficial working relationship with Corey in the Council and we expect that will only continue with his new additional duties, responsibilities, and powers.
Mark Dicus, Executive Director, SoHo Broadway Initiative The SoHo Broadway Initiative hopes City Council picks up street vending reform legislation in 2018. It’s a shame to have a broken system that lets vending permit holders trade permits illegally on a black market with a ﬁrst come first serve siting system that leads to fights over precious locations and carts that legally spew exhaust and noise pollution into our neighborhoods. The newly seated City Council should pick up where the prior Council left off by forming an advisory committee of stakeholders to lead an inclusive, collaborative and fact-based approach to bring about much needed reforms that will create a street vending regulatory system that works for vendors,
residents, businesses and visitors.
Anthony Notaro, Chair, Community Board 1: There are two major areas that are significant in Lower Manhattan. One is implementation of resiliency measures, particularly after Superstorm Sandy. The city has committed to building coastal resiliency, some of which has advanced on the East Side between 25th Street down to the Manhattan Bridge, but we in Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge around the tip of the island up to northern Battery Park City, are still doing assessment and planning five years later. That’s a very high agenda item for residents and businesses in Community Board 1. The second is not very glamorous, but really important. We’ve had so much development and conversion from commercial to residential in Community Board 1, and it’s had a major impact on quality of life. Our population has essentially doubled since 2001, and yet much of the infrastructure has not been adjusted to accommodate that growth. It’s had a major impact on garbage collection, transportation, pedestrian safety, traffic and school seats. So we’re looking to the city government in terms of policies to help with infrastructure funding and development. Michael Garofalo: reporter@ strausnews.com
A NEW COCKTAIL FOR THE NEW YEAR Our Town’s
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Delfin Jaranilla, the head chef at the cozy, chic UES eatery Quality Eats, is bringing his top-notch culinary skills to The Art of Food for the ﬁrst time on February 10. Alongside 30 other top chefs of the Upper East Side, he’ll be assigned a piece of ﬁne artwork, and challenged to make a unique dish to pair with it. While we wait to see what he cooks up at The Art of Food, Chef Jaranilla is providing readers with one of Quality Eats’ favorite drink recipes to warm you up this winter.
The Hemingway Spritz YOU’LL NEED: Prosecco Maraschino Liqueur Simple Syrup Bacardi Rum Grapefruit juice Lime juice Grapefruit slices for garnish
FIRST, MAKE THE “HEMINGWAY BATCH”: In a shaker, shake and combine 1 part Bacardi rum, 2 parts simple syrup, and 1/4 part Maraschino liqueur.
THEN: Bottom a wine glass with 2 oz of prosecco. Strain 1.75 oz Hemingway Batch into glass Add 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice Add 1/2 oz Lime Juice Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
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CONFETTI PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT HOLIDAYS On scene in Times Square for a NYE dress rehearsal PHOTOS BY JEREMY WEINE
The confetti drop practice
The confetti that ﬁlls the air in Times Square on New Year’s Eve doesn’t just happen the night of. Like anything in the theater district, a dress re-
hearsal is key to a successful performance. On Friday, Dec. 29, standing on the secondﬂoor balcony of the Hard Rock Cafe NYC, a man with a microphone counted down from ﬁve over and over, throwing handfuls of confetti each time he reached the number one. This was part of the annual confetti test held by Times Square Alliance and Countdown Enter-
Pre-celebration on a cold day
Children picked up fallen confetti from the ground
tainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, and presenting sponsor Planet Fitness. Police were all over Times Square, in preparation for Sunday night’s ball-drop. Children delighted in picking up confetti from the ground. Photographers gat hered around a group of young women, asking them over and over to toss confetti up in the air.
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LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT BY BETTE DEWING
To counteract any post-holiday blues, any blues really, experts warn us about, keep some kindly lights glowing — just a string or two decorative lights outdoors on the trees and shrubs and, yes, whatever our faith or no faith, inside our homes. Keep kindly lights glowing, in general, because they are best for our emotional and physical health. And I’m talking about incandescents that also make us, our apparel and surroundings, “look their best.”
Now “people looks” shouldn’t matter, but ‘till the revolution. But surroundings do matter — a lot — to our total well-being. And attention must be paid. Ah, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving energy, cutting the dollar cost, cooling the climate, but only when they “ﬁrst do no harm.” They must not depress or oppress us as the glaringly bright LED street lights do. But where “energyefficients” must be used, then the warm-whites depress and oppress less than the cool-whites do. Yes
they exist, Virginia. And I sure thought a lot about that in my recent hospital and nursinghome stays — and how the medical community can’t see that lighting in these places of healing should be warm-white, not cool-white, and surely not excessive. The walls should be a warm color too. Ah, a health-related sidetrack that needs all out attention, is how hands-onmedical care has been replaced by hands-on computers checking on patient care. Hospitals and nursing homes can be the loneliest places — and if anything is bad for our health. Inﬁnitely more must be said about that. But to stay with the “good-for-us” lighting — it’s so especially needed
in schools, work places and other everyday places. Policy-makers, including environmentalists, just haven’t done their homework — or some just don’t have the vision to see that reducing the excessive wattage that more and more bombards the landscape, is the healthy “first-do-no-harm” way to save lighting energy. And again, no matter, that energy-efficients cost less and last longer — the trade-off is far too great — indeed harmful. Again, cool the climate in ways that “First do no harm.” (Say that again and again. Please.) Ah, a future column will again address saving small business but how we long to see any lights in their
windows now darkened by epidemic closures. Again, such loss poses not only obvious hardships, but they’re surely a factor social scientists now warn big-time about if we’re to combat growing epidemics of loneliness. Big brick and mortar biz is also at risk. And I think of that long ago all too timely lyric, “... and every town is a lonely town.” Will you please think of it too? Sing it as a rallying song to restore and preserve small business and brick and mortar public places. And of course, restore and preserve the lighting that makes us look and, above all, feel better. It can be done if enough of us try. email@example.com
READER FAVORITES: 7 TOP STORIES OF 2017 A sampling of the year’s stories that made an impression, with a focus on politics, bikes and pedestrian issues — and some local businesses
Calamity and the Gossip Columnist, by Douglas Feiden. After being knocked down and badly hurt by a “crazed cyclist,” the famed nightlife chronicler Michael Musto said he couldn’t wait to ride his own bike again. Feiden told the tale.
Famed gossip columnist Michael Musto riding down Lexington Avenue in the East 20s. Photo: Streetﬁlms “Il Ciclista Dolce: Michael Musto” screen shot
Map of the 1811 Commissioners Plan for New York City, which developed the original Manhattan street-grid system. Image via Wikimedia Commons 11 Hopefuls for District 4 Council Seat, by Michael Garofalo. There was a lot of interest — and a lot of candidates — in the city council election to replace popular member Dan Garodnick, who was term-limited out of running again. Another piece by Garofalo on the same subject, “District 4 Candidates Spar at Debate,” also drew a big readership. Disrupting the Grid, by Douglas Feiden. A look at how the Age of the Bicycle has altered traffic patterns envisioned in the signature street plan for Manhattan. “After two centuries, the rhythms of the grid have been knocked out of kilter,” Feiden wrote. “The block system has been effectively degraded ... The streetscape is imperiled.”
Farewell to a Beloved Bookstore, by Christopher Moore. Fans came from near and far to bid an emotional goodbye to Crawford Doyle, a retail mainstay on Madison Avenue for 21 years. Moore evoked how co-owners Judy Crawford and her husband John Doyle comforted customers upset at the loss of a bookstore in the neighborhood. Pedestrian Hit, Killed on York, by Laura Hanrahan. In April, Srymanean Manickam, a manager at the SuperDel Market on 78th and York, was struck and killed by a yellow cab, the second fatality at the intersection in 15 months. The death of “Mano” spurred outrage in the neighborhood and tributes from residents who praised “a great man with a generous heart.”
A makeshift memorial outside the SuperDel Market on York Avenue near 78th Street. A Slice, a Cel-Ray and a Scowl, by Noah Williams. On the Upper West Side, the power of a longtime neighborhood fixture, Sal and Carmine Pizza, where tradition endures. Wrote Williams: “The store has now been in operation for nearly 60 years and it still sells out almost every day.”
The whale spotted in the East River. Photo: New York Police Department Mystery of the East River Whale, by Genia Gould. After the NYPD spotted a whale in the river on New Year’s Eve, local marine biologists and naturalists speculated about what species it might have been. The sighting thrilled readers — and served as a reminder of how close to nature we urban dwellers live.
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CHURCH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 dollars, the church is being funded through donations including from the Greek government, Greek Orthodox church members around the world, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and the Italian city of Bari, whose patron saint is St. Nicholas. In September, the estimated cost was $50 million. But according to The New York Times, which ďŹ rst reported the work suspension, the cost had jumped to an estimated $72 million to $78 million as of earlier this month. Two firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BakerHostetler, had been hired to perform an independent investigation into the construction, according to a Dec. 9 statement posted on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The stoppage was ordered by the construction company on the project, Skansa, according to the statement. â€œThe archdiocese is confidently hopeful that construction will recommence in the very near future and has been assured by Skanska ... that they are looking forward to the rescinding of this temporary suspension to continue working together in cooperation with the archdiocese for the completion of the building project,â€? the statement read. Skansa didnâ€™t immediately return a message seeking comment. The Greek Orthodox archdio-
cese, based in New York, represents more than 500 parishes across the country with more than 1.5 million members of the church and 800 priests. It reported last fall that it was suffering from a â€œsevere and complexâ€? ďŹ nancial deďŹ cit. The St. Nicholas shrine, meant as a salve for the faithful and also as a welcoming space for those wishing to reflect, was inspired by two Byzantine shrines in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora. The building was to be sheathed in marble from quarries north of Athens â€” the same vein of marble that was used to build the Parthenon.
The original St. Nicholas was far more modest. The building housed a tavern when Greek immigrants bought it in 1919 to use as a church. It was the only building not part of the trade center complex that was demolished after hijackers ďŹ‚ew commercial jets into the towers. The new church is being built a few dozen yards west of the old St. Nicholas on top of the screening facility for trucks entering the trade center site. The land swap between church officials and government agencies involved in rebuilding lower Manhattan took years to settle, delaying the start of construction.
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Citizens of The Kingdom: The Marble Gospel Community Choir in Concert Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 14 at 3:00pm Join us for this performance honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The song selection will include freedom songs, South African songs, and feature the music of Gospel great Donald Lawrence. Directed by Stacy Penson. Tickets at the door: $20; $15, seniors.
Marianne Williamson in Partnership with Marble Collegiate Church Tuesdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm New York Times bestselling author, Marianne Williamson brings her weekly lecture series to Marble Church. The cost to attend is $20, however, no one is turned away for lack of funds. The evening is also available via Livestream by donation. Event listings brought to you by Marble Collegiate Church. 1 West 29th Street / New York, New York 10001 212 686 2770 / MarbleChurch.org Download the Marble Church App on iPhone or Android
The annual Prototype festival presents opera for the 21st century: high-tech, edgy and up-close. This annual festival features fully produced premieres, national and international presentations, and work-in-progress showings of original genre-bending works of contemporary classical operatheatre and musical theatre. This year’s highlights include “The Echo Drift” premiering at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave.) and “Fellow Travelers,” a timely piece about the McCarthy-era witch hunts premiering at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater (524 West 59th St.).
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Town Stages, 221 West Broadway 7 p.m. $20 This screening and talkback, hosted by director Joanna Carpenter, whose untitled short ﬁlm recreates various real-life incidents of harassment and assault, is aimed at furthering the discussion around harassment and assault in today’s climate. untitledscreening.splashthat. com
The Green Space, 44 Charlton St. 7 p.m. $15 This quirky and caustic variety show smashes together gutsy comedy, music, dance, theater, spoken word and genre-bending performances. This month’s show features mentalist and mind reader Vinny DePonto, legendary performance artist Penny Arcade and vocalist Joseph Keckler. Hosted by Julian Fleisher. 646-829-4000. thegreenespace.org
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Through Jan. 13 Part of Under the Radar, the Public’s festival of new theater from around the world, “¡Oye!” complicates perceptions of race, language and gentriﬁcation and calls on viewers to be truly present. Poet, activist and creator Modesto Flako Jimenez populates the stage with immigrants, drug dealers, condoritos, tiguerasos, mothers and sons. 212-352-3101. publictheater. org/Under-the-Radar
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Caveat, 21 Clinton St. 8:30 p.m. $10 Join historian and food educator Andrew Coletti on a journey through the foodscape of ancient Rome. Sample recreated Roman delicacies, play a game of Name That Spice, and examine art, archaeology and literature to uncover the Roman love affair with food. 212-228-2100. caveat.nyc
The Chelsea Bell, 316 Eighth Ave. 8 p.m. Free, reservations suggested There is no try, there is only do at this night of ﬁve challenging rounds of trivia about the X-wing, droids and Wookiees. Questions will cover “Rouge One,” “The Force Awakens” and the Original Trilogy. Make reservations for individuals or teams can be made online. StarWars010918.Eventbrite. com.
Wed 10 THE POWER OF BUREAUCRATS Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place 7 p.m. $7-$12 Leading legal ethicist David Luban discusses and draws contemporary lessons from the ways in which Aldolf Eichmann’s power grew out of the bureaucratic authority established by the Third Reich. 212-566-6700. mjhnyc.org
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BETWEEN TIME AND ETERNITY Edvard Munch’s poignant portraits at the Met Breuer BY MARY GREGORY
He’s known for a scream, and scream he did. But, beyond the yawping howl that deﬁnes his oeuvre, Edvard Munch made paintings, drawings, etchings and woodcuts that pictured a life and time unique to him through situations and moments that are universally recognizable. The Met Breuer’s “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed,” on view through February 4, features 43 works spanning more than 60 years. It includes pieces never before seen in the United States, many works Munch kept for himself until he died, 16 selfportraits (or as he called them, “selfscrutinies”), and versions of iconic
IF YOU GO WHAT: “Edvard Munch: Between the clock and the bed” WHERE: The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave., at 77th Street WHEN: Through February 4 www.metmuseum.org/visit/metbreuer images like his “Madonna” and “The Scream.” Edvard Munch’s life was a story punctuated by death, illness, poverty and two world wars. He was frequently ill. His constant companions were fear and angst, so much so that he once stated, “From the moment of my birth, the angels of anxiety, worry, and death stood at my side.” Munch was born in 1863 in a small village in southeastern Norway. His father, a minister who
Edvard Munch, “Sick Mood at Sunset, Despair,” 1892, Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 × 26 3/8 in., Thielska Galleriet, Sweden, © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Thielska Galleriet, Sweden, Photo: Tord Lund
Edvard Munch, “Self Portrait between the Clock and the Bed,” 1940–1943, Oil on canvas, 58 7/8 × 47 7/16 in., Munch Museum, Oslo © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum. would read his children the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, struggled to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. His mother and sister died when he was a young child. Echoes of those experiences are sounded in some of Munch’s most haunting paintings, including “The Sick Child” and “SelfPortrait with the Spanish Flu.” In 1889, Munch, still a young man, went to Paris and saw works by Vincent van Gogh (10 years his senior), Paul Gauguin and Henri de ToulouseLautrec. Munch found inspiration and direction in their use of color as a means to explore emotion. Invited to exhibit with the Fauves in the early 1900s, he would become one of the great Symbolist painters. “Self-Portrait with Cigarette,” an 1895 work, shows hazy blue-gray smoke both concealing and revealing a spotlighted face seemingly startled by the attention — one passage of lightness in an overwhelmingly dark canvas. “Self-Portrait with Brushes,” from 1904, presents a carefully dressed man with the tools of his trade posed against walls and a ﬂoor in contrasting colors. He appears conﬁdent, ready to embark on his journey. The evolution of the painter comes through in both his stylistic development and the way he depicts himself. Increasingly abstracted compositions become populated with isolated characters. Two paintings that hang near one another depict Munch with
Edvard Munch, “Starry Night,” 1922–1924, Oil on canvas, 47 7/16 × 39 3/8 in., Munch Museum, Oslo, © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum
bottles of wine. “Self-Portrait with a Bottle of Wine” from 1906 is more a mood study than a likeness. Alone in a restaurant, at a table with an empty plate, the subject sits. Behind him on one side hover two dark ﬁgures, and at the other side is hunched, faceless customer. A red patch of wall surrounds Munch’s face and the color continues lower to circle menacingly around his throat. We can read a lot of possibilities into such a setting, but probably not a pleasant meal. “Self-Portrait with Bottles” from 1938 offers one of the more dynamic poses in Munch’s self-portraiture. A frowning artist, green circles under his eyes, grabs at a table filled with bottles. He’d struggled with alcoholism for years. In some portraits, only eyes peer out, slashes take the place of mouths, and wrinkled foreheads come to represent personas. Yes, there’s a version of “The Scream.” A lithograph hangs at facelevel, making it easy to pose for selfies, as many visitors to the Breuer have been doing, mouths opened, hands at their cheeks. And why not? The howling ﬁgure has been repurposed into coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, adhesive bandages, key chains and even socks. Here, the curators use it to make the point that Munch often riffed on his own works. A painting from 1892, “Sick Mood at Sunset: Despair,” is set on the same bridge against the same garish, blood-red sky as that depicted
in “The Scream.” The 1940 painting that gives the exhibition its title, “Self Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed,” opens the show. It’s one of the last works the artist painted. In it, Munch pictures himself between a clock with no numbers and a bed. Time and mortality were clearly on his mind. But the ﬁrst thing that jumped out at me is the bedspread that looks like a Jasper Johns painting. Apparently, it jumped out at Jasper Johns, as well. Some 40 years later, Johns painted a large triptych he would title “Between the Clock and the Bed.” The Edvard Munch we encounter in the Met Breuer’s presentation is clearly a powerful painter, gifted with striking originality and an unmistakable voice, who sought to access the inner world through outer manifestations of color, form and gesture. But the echoes and harmonies these works evoke may be the greater legacy. Jasper Johns responded. Without Munch’s existential yowl, would we have Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” or Francis Bacon’s twisting of human forms to reveal trauma? The jarring colors, fervent brushwork, fevered emotions and faceless figures Munch painted captured not just one Norwegian’s inner anxieties. They informed, echoed, anticipated and advanced Fauvism, Surrealism, Abstraction, Expressionism, and probably a few isms that haven’t yet been invented.
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